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Meet our Steering Committee

Wilvena Gordon
Wilvena GordonCoordinator
Ms. Gordon is a person in long term recovery who has done service commitments for the addiction recovery community continuously since 1986, including Public Relations coordination on the multi-state, Regional and Zonal level for the past four years. Ms. Gordon taught as a Lecturer at Queensborough Community College and was a public school English teacher for over 20 years.
Ms. Gordon has extensively traveled in relation to professional addiction recovery service in Thailand, Indonesia, Switzerland, Poland, Canada, and Peru. Ms. Gordon is a graduate of Harvard College, Bank Street College of Education and has graduate course work at New York University, Oxford University and Columbia University Business School. Ms. Gordon is a mother of three sons. She sponsors women internationally and is an ally of the LGBTQ community.
Albert Aponte
Albert AponteChairperson
I have been in the behavioral health field for over 14yrs where I was able to obtain CASAC certification and after semi-retirement due to health issues, decided to become a CRPA to continue helping the population that we serve at a different level.

I have 18 yrs in Recovery. My pathway to recovery was through abstinence based treatment and MAT (Methadone). I am currently working as a CRPA/Supervisor Peer Services at Samaritan Daytop Village Independence in the Bronx.

I am the Chairperson for the Alumni Association of NYS.

I co-chair for consumers at the Bronx Council on Alcohol and substance use disorder and recently appointed FOR NY Board Member.

I am on the OASAS/DOHMH/OMH BRSS (Bringing Recovery Support to Scale) NYS EPICS (Employing Peers in Community Services) team, RIT member and a member of the Bronx Opioid Collective Impact Project where we do community outreach twice a week to provide the homeless (MH/SUD) population with daily living needs, harm reduction material, food and information on treatment and Recovery support services available to them and the community.

Kevin Anderson
Kevin AndersonMember
My name is Kevin B. Anderson. Graduate and Alumni of Kingsboro ATC Brooklyn NY..I have a CRPA Provisional and I am an author and poet, author of the novel Daddy’s Dream. My goals and aspirations are to help those who are lost within the clutches of addiction find rest and reassurance inside the beauty of recovery.
Ann Marie Cross
Ann Marie CrossSecretary
Ann Marie Cross is a native New Yorker who has lived in all of the five boroughs at one time or another. Being raised by a single father after the accidental death of her mother, she never really understood when her father said “if you go to school every day, you’ll be more likely to go to work every day.” Ann Marie came to believe that work ethic, in combination with character traits such as honesty, integrity, willingness to learn and consistency contribute to a productive and progressive lifestyle. After years of trauma, chemical dependence, criminality, incarceration, unemployment and homelessness, she has established sobriety, obtained permanent housing, maintained gainful employment and is consistent with doing service on a variety of levels.

Ann Marie received a Bachelor for Professional Studies in Human Services at age 55, has been an active member of the steering committee of the Alumni Association of NYS since 2010, is a credentialed Advanced CASAC since 2013, Recovery Coach in 2014, Certified Peer Recovery Advocate in 2015 and is an active member of the Recovery community by committing to doing service and supporting others seeking and maintaining recovery. Ms. Cross is a mother of 8 children and 14 grandchildren, enjoys family gatherings and being a single parent to her 18 year-old youngest son and doing service with underserved populations.

Ed Finucane
Ed FinucaneMember
Co-found of the Samurai Warriors Alumni recovery meeting at JL Norris. 14 plus years. Alumni Association of New York State board of directors.
Luis Laboy
Luis LaboyMember
Luis Laboy is an Experienced Behavioral Health Manager with expertise in program operations, admissions, recruitment, service delivery, utilization review and regulatory compliance. A bronxite with a strong passion to help the vulnerable marginalized individuals. He has a Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Master’s in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is Master Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, and OASAS Certified Education and Training Provider, a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, Chairperson for the Bronx Council on Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders and a member of the NYS Alumni Association and member of the Bronx Opioid Impact Collaborative.